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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-20

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  • [01] Greek, FYROM FMs meet in Paris

  • [01] Greek, FYROM FMs meet in Paris

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis met with her Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) counterpart Antonio Milososki in Paris on Friday, on the sidelines of her visit to the French capital. The meeting lasted for half an hour. Replying to a question on whether the meeting means the beginning of negotiations on FYROM's name issue, the Greek minister clarified that the ongoing process under the auspices of the UN is not being replaced.

    "I wish to be clear. The process that exists under the auspices of the UN is not being replaced. The foreign ministers talk and I have declared that I am open. Greece is present and it is discussing in good faith and with a clear will," she said.

    Bakoyannis further said that "the essence, however, is that the two countries are turning up to negotiate. To negotiate within the known frameworks of the UN." The minister added that the Greek side intends to table views, observations and comments on the latest ideas submitted by UN mediator on the issue Matthew Nimetz.

    "Negotiating is continuing. The aim is the finding of a mutually acceptable solution," she added and, referring to her meeting with Milososki, stressed that it was an open and good discussion that was held in a good climate.

    "Greece has turned up for this negotiating with good faith, determined to do what it can for the finding of a mutually acceptable solution in the framework of the known Greek position: A name with a geographical qualifier for all uses," Bakoyannis concluded.

    Milososki said on his part that "as we are all aware, the issue of the name is an issue that is not easy to be resolved. In the interests, however, of both sides, of 'Macedonia' and of Greece, this discussion remains open. And for this reason this meeting was held today at my initiative."

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis.

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